He Got Into Acting To Combat Crippling Shyness
Richard was actually an extremely shy child. He had trouble socializing but luckily recognized this and was able to remedy the problem at a rather young age. He describes his childhood self as "a nervous kid, not great socially". He started to fear going to high school and wanted to find a method of procuring some much needed confidence. Fortunately, a childhood friend set him on the path to acting which seemed to help his social anxiety melt away.
"My best friend was really cool, and she went to a youth theatre in Paisley, so I thought, maybe that’s the way to do it. I went along, and I immediately found something I was passionate about and really enjoyed."
Entering the theater group at only age 11, Richard quickly flourished and was soon scouted for his first film role the same year, a film adaptation of Iain Banks' novel, Complicity.